Our website has a new look. It is a work in progress.

Library News & Upcoming Events


NEW!

Open for Walk-in Visits

Beginning Wednesday, September 8th, the Library will be open for walk-in visits, no appointment needed, three days a week.

Masks must be worn while visiting the library.

Our new, open hours for the fall:

Wednesdays: 11-1 and 3-6

Fridays: 3-6

Saturdays: 10-1

As we all know, the Library is very small, so capacity is limited to no more than five visitors.

Enter through the ramp door, the interior door will have a sign that says either, “come in” or “please wait”.

We will continue to offer outdoor pickup only on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Outdoor pickup will also continue to be available on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The restroom is closed.


Outdoor Pickup!

Outdoor pickup of library materials is available Tuesday through Saturday, by appointment.
To schedule an appointment call 259-1213 or email library.director@shutesbury.org.

Have you received a hold available notification?

Click here to schedule a pickup!

Click here for more info.

Visit this page to learn more about Shutesbury's effort to build a new library.


NEW! Mediated community conversation about Shutesbury's efforts to build a new library.


The Library hosted a mediated conversation about the library on Thursday, September 9th. The recording is available here. A second mediated conversation has been planned.

Thursday, September 23rd, 6 pm on Zoom

To register, please email library.director@shutesbury.org

In 2011, Shutesbury was awarded a provisional library construction grant. If the town agreed to match the grant with $1.1 million, the state would contribute $2.1 million towards the cost of new library.

Efforts to secure the matching funds through town appropriations was more difficult than the committees involved in getting the grant and promoting the project anticipated.

A difficult and lengthy town-wide conversation ensued. Many townspeople were surprised by the size and cost of the proposed project, others were surprised by the resistance to the opportunity to build a new library. The conversation was heated and painful for many.

We have a new opportunity to apply for a library construction grant, one that will cover a higher percentage of the construction costs. But there are still townspeople who have questions and concerns about the impact of a municipal construction project like a new library.

In an effort to include everyone in the conversation about a new library, and to promote respectful dialog, we have planned a mediated community conversation about the library.

This meeting will be facilitated by Christopher Sabo and Court Dorsey of the Collaborative Resolutions Group.

Please join us!

Tour of Leverett Library

The MBLC has encouraged us to visit other libraries as we consider our town's library needs. We will be touring the Leverett Library on Thursday, September 30th, 10 am. The tour will be videoed.

Please email library.director@shutesbury.org if you plan to join us.

Programs

Simple Jewelry Making with Jeannette

Sunday, October 17th, 3 pm, on Zoom

This program is for adults and teens ages 12 and up. Tools and supplies will be provided.

Email library.director@shutesbury.org to register.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Shutesbury Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Clothing and Accessories Drive

Donate gently used clothing, accessories and linens. Help our new library fund grow!

Bring your donations to Town Hall on one the four following dates.

Update - we collected 20 bags today! We are off to a great start!

Two dates left!

Saturday, September 18th, 9 am - noon

Sunday, September 26th, 10 am – noon


Roadtown Reads Book Club

First Meeting - Wednesday, September 22nd, 7 pm, Shutesbury Athletic Club - under the pavilion.

The Roadtown Reads Book Club meets monthly from September through May. The group reads fiction and non-fiction.

For the first meeting, come prepared to suggest two to three books that you have read and would like to discuss with the group. At the end of the evening, participants will choose four fiction and four non-fiction to read over the coming year.


Walk With Ease

The M.N. Spear Memorial Library is pleased to present Walk With Ease, a self-directed program certified by the Arthritis Foundation.

The Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program is an exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease.

The Library, in collaboration with the Springfield College Department of Physical Therapy is offering this free 6-week program. It includes guided coaching sessions, a Walk With Ease book and access to Arthritis Foundation Resources.

The program is self-directed and the weekly coaching session occurs at a mutually agreed upon time between the participant and their coaching team.

Register by September 1st by emailing library.director@shutesbury.org

September 12th through 23rd

Pick up a copy of Walk With Ease at the Library. Intake interview by phone or Zoom with a coach

September 27th - Program begins! Space is limited – reserve your spot now!

Zumba Gold with Aimee

Fridays - September 10th through December 17th - 10 am - On Zoom

Zumba Gold is a low-impact dance based exercise class. This class is set to lively international music and it is designed for older adults who want a lower intensity aerobic workout.

The class is free. To register, email library.director@shutesbury.org.


Gentle Yoga with Jeannette

Wednesdays, 9 am, On Zoom

Email library.director@shutesbury.org to join.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Shutesbury Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Additional funding is provided by the Shutesbury Council on Aging and the Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library.

Strength Foundations with Jay

Saturdays - 8:30 am - Online!

This is an ongoing strength training class. Participants use dumbbells and exercise bands.

Email library.director@shutesbury.org to join.

Ukulele- Musical Zoom-Along

Join Julie for an hour of music and song on Zoom!

4th Monday of the month!

September 27th, October 25th, November 22nd, December 27th,

7 pm, Online

Email library.director@shutesbury.org to join the list!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Shutesbury Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library.


Science Fiction Book Club

Wednesday,October 6th, 7:30 pm, Online

For October, we are reading

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Email library.director@shutesbury.org to join the list!

Books are available at the library.

Public Resources

Look4Help

The Look4Help Public Resource Directory, a program of Community Action Pioneer Valley, is a free, web-based public information service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are close to 1,000 agencies, programs or services at over 450 locations, available to serve you.

Click here


Anti-Racism Study Group

September 29th, 6 pm, Shutesbury Athletic Club


Last fall a group of Shutesbury residents began a weekly study group dedicated to supporting each other as we explored topics of racism and white privilege.


From October to June, participants read and discussed the following books.


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

For the next few months, participants will explore opportunities to learn more about topics discussed in these books on their own. We will have monthly meetings to share our individual experiences.

Newcomers are welcome.

To join us, email library.director@shutesbury.org



Inclement Weather?

If possible, announcements about weather related closures will be posted on the Library's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ShutesburyLibrary/. If situations allow, closure information will also be posted on this website.

Your safety is our first priority. Late fees are not assessed on items owned by our Library and will be waived on items belonging to other libraries when returned late due to weather conditions.


COVID-19 Information

Shutesbury Board of Health

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Information from the U.S. public health agency - including steps to prevent illness, advice for talking with children, and much more.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)

Statewide updates – including cases, quarantines, and monitoring

Global Map of COVID-19 Cases - John Hopkins University


Free Fun Stuff for Kids!

Fun ~ Free ~ Online resources for families!

Digital Escape Rooms!

NASA at Home

Harry Potter

Science games and activities

Storyline Online - Children's books read by authors

Scholastic Learn at Home

Coloring Pages

Boston Children's Museum learning resources

Bedtime Math Cabin Fever Math

SchoolHouse Rock

PBS Kids Daily

Audible Stories

Music, books, ukulele with Emily Arrow

https://www.youtube.com/emilyarrow

Virtual Field Trips for everyone!

Dave Pilkey, Captain Underpants and Dog Man activities

https://kids.scholastic.com/kids/books/dav-pilkey-at-home/

https://www.justbooksreadaloud.com/index.php?t=Home&p1=&p2=

Programs for Children and Families

Inclement Weather Announcements

If the Library will be closed due to inclement weather,

announcements will be posted on the Library Facebook page,

https://www.facebook.com/ShutesburyLibrary

and on Nextdoor Shutesbury.


If Shutesbury Elementary School is closed due to inclement weather, morning Library programs will be cancelled.